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Scanner Reports 12-12-12
updated: Dec 12, 2012, 7:00 AM

By Roger the Scanner Guy

I knew that Peter was ill but I did not expect his passing to occur for some time, it was quite a shock to me. I feel like I've been hit by a bus. I'm totally scattered. I don't know what to say except I'm sorry for Sue, Nick, Zach, and Molly.

I lost two people that meant the world to me around the same time back in 2003 and 2004 they were two people I choose to spend my life with I thought we would have many more years together as friends. It was quite sudden within months of each other they were gone, and though I was still here I was only a shell. What little life I had disappeared for a long time. I expected that I too would have gone soon after my friends but I guess I wasn't wanted then I remembered the saying "Only the good die young." I was not quite as good as either of them.

The first time I met Peter was months after I started writing the Scanner Reports, I was standing in the driveway staring toward Milpas after putting a load of clothing in the washing machine. I saw a white 1962 Buick Special Station wagon go by North on Milpas, I don't run so good anymore but I ran down the driveway to get a glimpse of that old beautiful car once again but by the time I wobbled down there it was gone. I was really bummed I would never see that car again; I had never seen it before. I walked back up the driveway and back to what I was doing a few moments later this guy came up the driveway carrying a tray of Christmas cookies, he had an ear to ear smile across his face and I was sure he was either severely wacked, or looking for some donation for a church. He was actually looking for a guy named Roger Dodger; he introduced himself to me as Peter Sklar.

I didn't want to tell him I was Roger, his smile kinda freaked me out, I've always been kinda afraid of smiling people. Anyway I admitted to being Roger and we talked for a while I can't really remember about what cause I was focusing on the cookies. He told me he was parked around the corner so I walked him over to his car. His car was a 1962 White Buick Special Station wagon I was totally amazed he was truly one unique person. We were Blessed to have Peter Sklar with us for a short period of time here on Earth and though his physical being is gone, I believe we will continue to feel his presence for some time, as he did a lot for our community another Angel has been born in Heaven.

Here is Your Scanner Reports, Monday:

  • Suicidal Subject in the 800 Block of North Milpas wants to jump in front of a bus.
  • Medical Emergency in front of the Rescue Mission someone is hemorrhaging.
  • Trespassers possibly inside of a residence in the 1800 Block of Chino.
  • 459 Burglary to a residence 100 Block of East Mission.
  • 300 Block of East Cabrillo male running in traffic I hope he's not trying to bite tires.
  • Check the Welfare of a woman screaming inside of an apartment or office in the first Block of East DLG.
  • 415 Domestic elderly male JERK, Yelling at elderly female. This is at MTD 1020 Chapala.
  • 415, 242, Assault 3700 Block of Monterey Pines someone attempting to choke gals boyfriend, all I heard.
  • 3900 Block of Via Lucero check the welfare of a male who missed a doctor's appointment and instead chose to drink with his girlfriend at home, He sounds fine to me.
  • A woman walked away from Cottage Hospital with an IV Still in her arm, check the area for her.
  • Report of a woman squatting on Green Castle, that sounds like it would hurt.
  • Injury Traffic Accident on Santa Barbara Street outside of the DAs office.
  • Medical Emergency at Anacapa and Sola for Alcohol Withdrawals.
  • Check the Welfare of a 5150 outside of Casa Esperanza.
  • 20002 Hit and Run Possibly drunk elderly female driver Bath at Alamar.
  • Someone was refusing to check out of a room at Motel 6 on upper State Street 3500 Block.
  • 484 Theft of American Flags at the Bankruptcy Court then the subject was attempting to burn them.
  • Code 40, Woman down at Mission and Gillespie.
  • Medical Emergency 200 Block of East Cook I think that's in Santa Maria but I'm SNOT sure.
  • 415 Fight between several people in the 200 Block of State Street sounded like they said the Bay Road House that is what it sounded like. Anyway they scatted when they found out the police was coming some went toward the Spearmint Rhino, one went to the Adult Book Store and fell down on their bum bum, otters continued North on State Street. I think the police got 3 of em.
  • 800 Block of Orange Ave. 415 Domestic, including Assault to reporting party after suspect assaulted his girlfriend he grabbed a kitchen knife and slashed his wrist.
  • 23152 Drunk Motorcycle East on Cota from State Street a Kal A Sucki.

    Scanner Reports, Tuesday:

  • Rollover Traffic Accident DLG at DLV.
  • 23152 Drunk driver captured 500 Block of West Alamar.
  • Heroin overdose 200 Block of West Haley.
  • Main Water Break 1300 Block of Santa Rita Circle.
  • Report of someone selling CRACK at the Amtrak Station 209 State Street. I have a lot of CRACK over here on South Milpas I'll sell real cheap!
  • 415 Choo Choo Train Passenger coming in on the Amtrak Train 2 calls at the same time. I wonder if the passenger got ahold of some of dat CRACK?
  • Then I hear a call involving a group of Homeless Types disturbing outside of a rear door in the 200 Block of West Montecito that's not too far away from the train station I wonder if they got ahold of that CRACK too?
  • Medical Emergency overdose outside of Fire Station 2 819 Cacique Street.
  • A vehicle sheared a Fire Hydrant at Clark and Broadway.
  • At the DMV in Santa Barbara a subject probably the same guy trying to make hash oil in IV the other day was attempting to register a stolen auto.
  • Somewhere in the County I don't know where there was a 415 Verbal Argument over the sale of an item on Craig List.
  • Vandalism in the 1700 Block of State Street.
  • Medical Emergency for a subject in the empty field at Ortega and Milpas having chest pains.
  • 415 Homeless Type male yelling Cota and State Street.-

    A reader got mad at me the otter day because I reported on a shooting in Santa Maria and I got the streets wrong. This person kept commenting that if I was going to report The News I better "Get it Right". Will I don't report The News I report what I hear on The Scanner that is not The News. Anyway I told them that I would not report what I hear in Santa Maria anymore but I lied. I will continue to report what I hear on The Scanner. If people want to listen to The News There are many places to view and listen to the news, AHHH HAAA, Thought I was going to do it again didn't you? Have a great Wednesday. Dog Willing I will see you on FRYday. Roger

    Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

     COMMENT 353157 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 07:47 AM

    Dear Roger,
    You write eloquently and with heart. Your words and memories of Peter really encapsulated the void I can only assume we all must be feeling now. I am sure there are those who don't share my sentiments...but I have to say, you are one heck of a wordsmith, even if your spell checker is off sometimes-I am sure people are really just jealous they aren't you.
    I wish I lived close enough to bring you cookies or groceries or whatever you needed. I look to your reports daily for info on SB and surrounding areas.
    I hope you are staying warm and enjoying this time of year with the people you love. You are a gem.
    Peace and love to you.


     COMMENT 353160 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 07:58 AM

    I'd like to squat on a green castle. Do you have any lying around?


     COMMENT 353162 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 08:02 AM

    That was beautiful, Roger. Thank you.


     COMMENT 353169 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 08:42 AM

    I look forward to your reports, I enjoy them so much. So grateful you are here and not in the udder place.


     ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 09:43 AM

    Thank You I believe I'm right where I'm supposed to be.


     COMMENT 353254 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 10:40 AM

    You are an amazing guy, Roger.

    Sometimes, like today, when you let the barriers down, we catch a glimpse of the real Roger.....personally.. I like both of you!


     COMMENT 353274P agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 11:30 AM

    Roger, that was a beautiful piece about Peter. We will all miss him.
    Thank you for posting your view of Peter.


     COMMENT 353303 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 12:14 PM

    Thank you again Roger - for your scanner reports, your observations & memories and your words of wacky wisdom. Reading your story I could see the intraction between you and Peter on that December day and it warmed my heart. I miss him, and your story helped me with my sorrow.


     COMMENT 353348 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 01:59 PM

    I just want to cry...everyone is so full of gratitude and thanks. I wish you all a wonderful holiday.
    It's really wonderful to see (and read) such love.


     ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 02:40 PM

    Don't cry you'll catch a cold I got a bad one right now. I wish I woulda spent more time with him The Hermets life is not as easy as it looks.


     COMMENT 353448 agree helpful negative off topic

    2012-12-12 06:03 PM

    That was really nice Roger and for how much Peter liked you I'm thinking he probably read this thinking, Snot bad snot bad at all..


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